While all this sounds good, it should be pointed out that Roosevelt elk hunting is a tough proposition at best. Most good bulls inhabit steep, brushy and difficult-to-reach areas. Overall, hunting success in Oregon for bulls averaged 12 percent in 1997, but success in the Coast Bull Elk units is generally lower than that. Among these units, the most consistent in 1997 were the Wilson Unit (399 bulls harvested and 10 percent hunter success); the Trask Unit (376 bulls were bagged and eight percent hunter success); and the Alsea Unit (484 bulls were harvested for a 13 percent hunter success rate). Many self-guided hunters concentrate their efforts on the 630,000-acre Siuslaw National Forest, which lies mostly in the Alsea and Siuslaw units, both of which are open to general-season hunters. If you choose to hunt in Siuslaw National Forest, be careful not to go too far south, or you will leave the general season Coast Bull Elk area.
Other public hunting opportunities for Coast Bull Elk hunters are available on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. For example, 75,000 acres of BLM land in the Tillamook Resource Area are intermingled in a checkerboard pattern with the........(continued)